Hurricane Hilary still churning up dangerous surf

September 24, 2011 - 11:30 AM
NOAA CLOUDS

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows clouds linger over the Eastern US, while the West remains mostly sunny. A low pressure system over the Northeast continues pushing a cold front over the East Coast. This system kicks up scattered showers and thunderstorms from New England to the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, south of Mexico, Hurricane Hilary can be seen about 115 miles west-southwest of Acapulco, Mexico. Hilary has strengthened to a Category 4 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds up to 145 mph. The system continues moving west-northwestward at 10 mph, and further away from southern Mexico. For more information, please visit <a href=

MIAMI (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Hilary is moving away from Mexico but is still churning up dangerous surf in the Pacific.

Hilary was still a Category 4 storm late Saturday morning, with maximum sustained winds near 140 mph (225 kph).

The hurricane is not forecast to make landfall, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Mexico's coast has been affected by wind, rain and heavy surf from Hilary.

Meanwhile, a new tropical depression had formed in the Atlantic, far from land off the coast of Africa. It does not threaten land.

Tropical Storm Ophelia also was swirling in the Atlantic, though it appeared to be taking a turn to the northwest away from the U.S. mainland.